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14 Ways Honey Can Heal

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14 Ways Honey Can Heal

By Vasant Lad, Yoga+

The fossil record tells us honeybees have been around for 150 million years or more. No one knows when we discovered the treasure hidden in their hives, but paintings of beekeepers lining the walls of a cave in Spain prove that we have been practicing the art of beekeeping for at least 7,000 years. Honey is versatile. It has been prized as a sweetener, as medicine, as an offering for the gods, as currency, and as a symbol of love. In Greek mythology, for example, Cupid dips his arrows in honey before aiming them at our hearts.

According to ayurveda, honey is the nectar of life. Because it is created from the essence of a flower’s sex organs, it has a natural affinity with reproductive tissue. It can also heal sore throats, colds, coughs, ulcers, burns, and wounds. And when ingested with a healing herb (like ashwagandha), honey travels to the deepest tissues, transporting the chemical properties and the subtle energies of medicine to the cellular level.

Ayurveda says that raw honey is medicine, but cooked honey is a slow poison. Why? In its natural form, honey is rich in minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and carbohydrates. But heat strips honey of most of its nutritional value and transforms the honey molecules into a non-homogenized glue that adheres to mucous membranes and clogs subtle energy channels. Cooked honey creates cellular toxicity and may lead to immunological dysfunction. It can also clog the arteries and lead to atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries), hampering blood flow to the vital organs. So as a general rule, honey should never be cooked, and nothing should be cooked with honey. Instead, add raw honey to yogurt, warm tea, or spread it on bread or toast.

These days, most honey sold commercially has been heated and should be avoided. Look for the words “raw” or “unpasteurized” on honey at a health-food store or online at places like the Ayurvedic Institute (www.ayurveda.com) or www.eBeeHoney.com. But the purest form of honey is local and raw because it helps prevent (or calm) seasonal allergies and is full of prana (vital energy). Check your local farmers’ market, and if you live in the country, keep an eye out for roadside honey stands.

Honey, Help Me!
Ayurvedic texts are full of honey-based remedies for a wide range of ailments.

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3:20PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

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3:51AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Thanks for sharing

1:04AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Thank you very much Megan! And thank you Eleonora for the recipe :)

3:33PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

BTW - there's this "magical" drink which I drink quite regularly:

2 tablespoons of Honey
2 tablespoons of Apple Vinegar (preferably with the "mother")
a pinch of Cinnamon
a pinch of Ginger
fill up with lukewarm water (a glass of 2 dl)

Keeps almost all the bugs away, helps the digestion, gives your skin a great texture and much more benefits. Look up the benefits of Apple Vinegar!

3:26PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

We grew up with honey as a remedy against all kind of problems. When I came some decades ago to the Middle East I "proudly" introduced it ... or so I thought ... and was smiled at politely. I was told that its various health benefits were already mentioned in the Qur'an ... well, what did I know then?!

The absolute very best - and most expensive :-( - and most effective honey is the Royal Sidr Honey from Yemen and Oman. Once you've tasted it you wouldn't want to eat any other honey!

Check it out here:
http://honeysidryemen.com/royal-sidr-honey.php
http://yemensidrhoney.com/
http://honeyyemen.com/ for

11:25PM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

more reasons honey is awesome

5:53AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

Good article, thank you :)

2:04AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Great information thanks!

7:15AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Since two of the biggest honey packers in the United States admitted buying millions of dollars worth of Chinese honey that was falsely labeled http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2013/pr0220_02.html I would recommend that health conscious consumers buy honey directly from local bee keepers or reputable honey producers.

If you are planning to buy honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) damages or destroys the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called commercial, regular or liquid honey. The rawest honey available is comb honey which is sections of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb that contain raw honey that have been cut from the wooden frames of a beehive.

Dark colored honey is considered to be higher in minerals and antioxidants than light colored honey and one of the most well known dark colored honeys is buckwheat honey. Raw buckwheat honey contains a higher amount of minerals and an antioxidant called polyphenol, which gives it its dark color. The health benefits of buckwheat honey are many and well known.

Try the Mohawk Valley Trading Company for high quality raw honey
http://www.tenonanatche.com/raw-honey.htm

They also have raw buckwheat honey http://www.tenonanatche.com/raw-buckwheat-honey.htm

8:45PM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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